Robert Reich: For Ingraham and Fox News, such cruel, ad-hominem attacks are typical. Vitriol helps boost ratings. After all, Fox is a central part of Donald Trump’s America. And Trump, like Fox News, has made bullying and humiliating people into an art form.
Robert Reich: A president’s most fundamental legal and moral responsibility is to uphold and protect our system of government. Donald Trump has degraded that system.
Robert Reich: The real worry is that – with Robert Mueller breathing down his neck, and several special elections suggesting a giant “blue wave” in November – Trump is getting ready to do whatever it takes to maintain his power, even if that requires fanatical policies.
Robert Reich: Global capital doesn’t care how it gets a high return. If it can get it by slashing wages, outsourcing to contract workers, polluting air and water, defrauding investors, or destroying communities, it will.
Robert Reich: The rich aren’t overtaxed. The wealthiest 1 percent in the U.S. pay the lowest taxes as a percent of their income and total wealth of the top 1 percent in any major country.
Robert Reich: The estate and capital gains taxes were originally designed to prevent the growth of large dynasties in the U.S. and to reduce inequality. They’ve been failing to do that.
Robert Reich: As in Nixon’s case, a decision to support an “inquiry of impeachment” resolution in the House—to start an impeachment investigation—doesn’t depend on sufficient evidence to convict a person of obstruction of justice, but simply probable cause to believe a president may have obstructed justice.
Robert Reich: Trump’s argument that Obama exceeded his executive authority in allowing the Dreamers to stay is bizarre, coming from an administration that has exercised breathtakingly broad authority over immigration by banning travel from six Muslim countries.
Robert Reich: Raising the debt ceiling is always a political football, used by whichever party is in the minority to extract concessions from the majority party or from the majority party’s president.
Robert Reich: America’s economic and political elites could have used their growing political and economic clout to help workers get ahead – through better schools and more affordable college, comprehensive job retraining, wage insurance, better public transportation, and expanded unemployment insurance.
Robert Reich: The howling manchild who occupies the Oval Office is being cut off and contained.
Robert Reich: Let’s be clear. There is already enough evidence to impeach Trump on grounds of abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
Hateful violence is hardly new to America. But never before has a president licensed it as a political strategy or considered haters part of his political base.